Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Decorations

About a month before Easter, I always think "This is the year that I'm going to find at the thrift store, for $1.00, one of those vintage bunny girl figurines like they have on Ebay for $100 ". Yep, that's what I always think, but it never happens, so when I saw this March Lefton angel at Goodwill, I bought her.....
And I made my own darn Bunny Girl! She only cost me 99 cents, and I already had all of the supplies necessary to bunny-fy her. And it helped alot that those huge flowers in her basket popped right off with a pair of pliers. I adore her!
I didn't decorate alot this year. Mainly because I've gotten tired of packing away my vintage watering cans that are sitting on top of the green cabinet, which is my usual holiday decorating spot. That severely limits my decorating options, so I made do with the area on top of the bookcase.
Another gratuitous shot of my pink radio. You've probably figured out by now that I really like taking pictures of this radio, and put decorations in front of it on purpose!
The back porch, with a few of our blow molds, along with the bunting that I made from a vinyl tablecloth.
Another shot of the back porch. I wanted to take a picture of the front porch, but as some of you know, I feel weird taking pictures of the front of the house. I really need to work on that, and not worry what other people might or might not be thinking. I love my house, and I love to decorate it, and just because I'm the only one on the block that decorates their house, it shouldn't matter to me what others might think. Right?!?
I decided to try bleaching and dying some bottlebrush trees and wreaths. Sarah has a great tutorial, and I can't wait to try making her Halloween trees, because they are AAAA-mazing! And I can't emphasize enough how important it is to use rubber gloves while bleaching. I didn't have any, so I used tongs.
I used Rit liquid dye, and I used very little of it, so I can dye lots more if I want to.
Here's how they turned out. I didn't leave the trees and wreath in the dye very long, because I wanted them to be pale pink.
Since the store didn't have any teal dye, I ended up trying food coloring for the other trees. I found a tutorial HERE for using food coloring.
I'm very happy with the results that I got from using the Rit dye. And the blue trees? I will be re-bleaching them and searching for some teal Rit dye!~~~~~~HAPPY EASTER!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013


Thanks for tuning in to another episode of My Weekend Finds, the continuing saga of one girl's quest for more junk!~~~~~~~~Before I get started showing my finds, I'd like to acknowledge the fact that my email was hacked, so if you received a strange email from me, DO NOT click on any links that might be in there! Now, on to the junk!
I walked away from this pink picnic tin three times before I decided I would be a fool to leave the antique store without it. It immediately fit right in with the Easter decorations!
That crazy-eyed yellow bunny also came from the antique store. Since taking this shot, I've crammed two more vintage bunnies in that old cemetery basket!
That sugary Putz house and those bottle brush trees aren't vintage, but they sure are cute. I suppose the trees are meant to be for Christmas, but I'm using them in my Easter decorations instead.
I can't tell you how many times I've been outbid on one of these Official Girl Scout Cameras on Ebay. What I can tell you is that I was thrilled to find this one at an antique store. For a steal!
Vintage childrens' gardening tools. I already had the watering can, but don't they play well together?!? Again, these are items that I would get outbid on, on a regular basis. I was flabbergasted to find these at a good price at an antique store, because it's usually the other way around, and I get disgusted by the antique store prices and end up on Ebay. There's hope for the antique stores surviving after all!
Vintage decals, again from the antique store.
Although I still wish that someone had not painted that picnic tin (it secretly drives me nuts not knowing what's under that white paint), I'm pretty thrilled with how those tulips look on it!
Last but not least, a little girl's pink broom, to go with the green one I already had. Gosh, you would think that with two brooms, my house must be neat as a pin. Sadly, you would be wrong. These brooms are for showin', not sweepin'!~~~~~~~Well, the flea market season has officially started, but the weather has not cooperated. And it's only a matter of time before garage sale season begins. What's the junking situation like in your part of the world?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bunnies, Bunting And Little Green Men

Just a quick little post to say YES, I'm still here! I've been busy taking care of my Mom (doctors and taxes!), and doing a bit of crafting too. The garage and estate sales have been nonexistent, so I've been making the rounds of the thrift stores, and that's where I found this old set of Easter egg lights. 
And I found all of these bunnies, plus one chick, last Saturday. The picnic tin isn't vintage, but everything else is. The big bunny is even musical!
I made this bunting for the front porch railing out of a vinyl tablecloth.
And this one will go on the back porch.
Here's a shot of the St. Patrick's Day decorations. I've already packed them all up, because I decided that two weeks between St. Patty's Day and Easter was just not long enough to properly enjoy all of the Easter decorations. They need to be savored!
Cupcake Sprinkles says "Erin Go Bragh!" and "I hate this hat!". You might find this hard to believe, but she's just as happy as I am that flea market season opens on March 17th. I'm happy because I feel like I have been seriously junk deprived. She's happy because she thinks that would be a much better way for me to spend my time, rather than dressing her up again!~~~HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!!